The California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS) awards grants throughout the year to various agencies to help fund important programs. This time around, the Seal Beach Police Department received the grant. They were awarded $19,700.00 from the California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) to fight alcohol-related crime.
With this particular grant, the police force will focus on alcohol licensee inspections and underage minor decoy operations. The agents at the ABC have the expertise on alcoholic beverage law to oversee the inspections.
Specifically, the funds will be used to focus on reducing the number of alcoholic beverages sold to minors. According to the Seal Beach Police Department, they will “conduct operations specifically targeting those who sell alcohol to minors. This includes both retail employees and other community members who agree to purchase alcohol on behalf of those who are underage.”
This cooperation is also part of the Alcohol Policing Partnership Program (APP) which was designed to strengthen partnerships between the ABC and local law enforcement. It intends to penalize businesses who violate the law while also protecting minors from the bad operators.
The hope is that by reducing minors’ access to alcohol, they will also help deter people from committing other alcohol-related crimes such as DUI. Through this program, the ABC has noticed real changes in the communities that have acted on the initiatives.